25 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving side dishes can be anything from delicious fruit salads, pasta salads, potatoes, sweet or not, and freshly baked vegetables. Our family favorites have always been mashed potatoes, fruit salad, and green salad; it’s not your traditional house salad. My husband’s mashed potatoes are like whipped topping they are so smooth. I could eat bundles of them.

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Though, sometimes you need a dish that looks just as good as tastes for those work Thanksgiving gatherings or the ones at formal dinner party. This Paprika Scalloped Potato recipe is simple, pretty, and can be just elegant. 

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It’s great to just lay out into a big pie dish, top with paprika, Greek olive oil, and bake. It’s a one dish ordeal which makes it so much easier for the person cooking. It’s serves up in the same dish. We all like less dishes to clean when we are planning such a feast!

Paprika Scalloped Potatoes
Serves 5
Potatoes sliced thinly and topped with paprika, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 7 red skinned potatoes
  2. 1 1/4 tablespoon paprika
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  5. 1/4 tablespoon Mediterranean salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash potatoes. Slice into scalloped rounds.
  3. Layer into pie dish. Top with olive oil. Sprinkle paprika over the oiled potatoes. Top with pepper and Mediterranean salt.
  4. Bake for one hour covered with foil. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes until tops and edges are crispy brown.
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Here is 24 more side dishes to tempt your taste buds!

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Chorizo Stuffing with Manchego Cheese and Dates – Little Family Adventures

Sauteed Zucchini with Walnuts – Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Easy Green Beans – I Eat Therefore I Cook

Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash – Sparkles and Glue

Butternut Pear Soup – From Scratch

Easy Dirty Rice – Texas Type A Mom

Steamed Honey Glazed Carrot Medallions – It Happens in a Blink

Baked Macaroni and Cheese – Arlington Mommy

Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette - Stuck on Sweet

Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes – Home Cooking Memories

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes – Gal On A  Mission

Quick Dinner Rolls – Love To Be In The Kitchen

Copycat Lambert Rolls – SMSL with Heidi

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad - Gal On A Mission

Zesty Green Salad – Mooshu Jenne

Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil - Bakes In Slippers

Zucchini Au Gratin - Mrs. Criddles Kitchen

Old School Butter Yeast Rolls – Bakes In Slippers

Zucchini Fritter Casserole – SMSL with Heidi

Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots – The Baking Fairy

Acorn Squash with Rice and Sausage Stuffing – The Baking Fairy 

Dirty Green Beans – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Winter Warm Up with Bigelow

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In one week we went from 80 degrees here in Texas to a whopping 25 degrees and it snowed! My daughter and I picked up a box of Pumpkin Spice tea from Bigelow and a box of Peppermint. We decided to create our own cups to house our delicious Bigelow Tea to warm up with it. She was under three blankets she was so cold. I said we NEED tea! The weather changed so fast you had no time to get use to the temperature change. 

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Her cup is from the Hunger Games movie with a main theme quote. My cup is from Love Actually which is a quote that is oh so true at this time of year. I think I am going to have to make one that says “I love my Bigelow like a Hobbit likes second breakfast.” This is because it is oh so true. Try to keep me out of that box of Pumpkin Spice Bigelow Tea day or night when these winter temperatures roll in. It’s my holiday go to, too!

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My besties love tea and I am also making some adorable gift and stuffing it with loads of Bigelow Tea’s. They have a few other holiday teas I love like Eggnoggin, Salted Caramel, and Apple Cider. My all time favorite is the Ginger Snappish. It’s simply holidays in a mug! We picked ours up at Walmart in the tea section.

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Bigelow Tea is All American: 100% American made by an American Family; an American Company for the American consumer. Available at an American Retailer – Walmart. You can download a $0.55 coupon for Bigelow tea at http://thecouponbooksavings.com.

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Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden. Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even a variety of music festivals. How awesome is that? It’s a tea-riffic way to experience historic Southern culture and a living piece of American history! #AmericasTea

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Did you know almost 4 million bags of tea have been sent to troops overseas with Bigelow’s Tea for Troops program. Find additional information about Tea for Troops at https://www.bigelowtea.com/Responsibility/Support-Our-Troops . Don’t forget to stop by and follow them at their Facebook page or on Twitter!

Tex Mex Tostada

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My teenagers love Wolf® Brand Chili and so does my hubby. It is what I have to keep on hand for those times when I don’t want to cook but they do. The love to make recipes like chili mac, Tex Mex Tostadas, and of course chili cheese dogs. It is a pantry staple in our house. I buy them in bulk otherwise I would be at store every few days while they insist I buy some. 

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They will usually just tell me not to worry about dinner so they can make their own chili mac. I am always trying to invent new ways to utilize Wolf® Brand Chili. We’ve used it in quesadilla’s also. Makes for a perfect week night dinner. They also great by the pool in the summer. Summer is over here though. We are all glad for that!

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Tonight we are watching our daughter competition for state championships. In between the breaks I ran to the kitchen and whipped up these Tex Mex Tostadas. Don’t they look amazing?

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We topped them with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. You can also add sour cream, cheese, and/or avocado. We just kept it simple tonight. As Texas’ #1 chili, Wolf® Brand Chili has a bold and flavorful reputation throughout the great state of Texas. Share your bold and flavorful recipes and images with them on their Facebook page. Wolf® Brand Chili is a delicious addition to your down-home favorites like Corn Chip Pie, Frito Pie, and even Taco Pizza.

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I would love to know what you use your Wolf® Brand Chili in or on. Comment below and recipe links are always welcome.

Tex Mex Tostada
Serves 4
Tostada topped with Wolf® Brand Chili, lettuce, tomato, and red onions.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb ground beef
  2. 1 can Wolf® Brand Chili No Beans
  3. 1 can diced red and green chilies
  4. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 8 corn tortillas
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  8. 1/2 red onion; diced
  9. 1 hot house tomato; diced
  10. 1/3 head of lettuce; chopped
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, add ground beef, olive oil, and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add in can of diced chilies. Stir well and turn to low heat. Add in Wolf® Brand Chili and stir well.
  2. Dice tomato, red onion, and lettuce. Set aside.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on medium heat. Fry tortillas for about 1 minute each until crispy. Put on plate to cool and drain.
  4. Top tortilla with meat mixture, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Serve.
Notes
  1. You may add sour cream, fresh avocado, or cheese to the top.
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Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein

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I just love simple dinners don’t you? Something not completely loaded down with meat but spicy enough to clear your nose from the allergies in the air. This Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein will do just that.

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From the fragrant ginger to the spicy chili sauce it is packed with a punch of flavor. The sauce for this only takes four ingredients including some De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar

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This is a go to dinner for me. Very simple, healthy, and perfect for movie night. I usually like to eat this when I just want to stay in bed and catch up on all the shows I missed. I always end up getting behind by a few episodes on each. Eventually though I catch up and gab about it online.

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The teens just love this recipe too. Both the spicy and non spicy versions. They always beg me to make this for a lunch on a movie day. I think the Italian vinegar, which is made in Italy, has much more flavor then using a basic rice vinegar. It just adds that something extra to the recipe. I picked it up at Walmart on the aisle with the ketchup. While I was there I grabbed a bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables so I don’t have to do all that cutting. It makes dinner just that much more simple!

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Their favorite part is when I fry up the noodles in the sauce because it helps stick to the pasta. It also takes away any slime texture from boiling the noodles. De Nigris Seasoned White Wine Vinegars have all natural ingredients and are healthy. They have a De Nigris Seasoned Italian Herb White Wine Vinegar that I like to use to dunk my bread into or even pour over a bread salad. #LoveMyVinegar It’s family owned which in my book is pretty darn awesome!

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My son is scarfing this down right now. He is on his iPad, with headphones in, and stuffing his face with a bowl full of this spicy vegetable lo mein. I am no different. I have my bowl next to me with my chop sticks chowing down as I type this post. I guess I should just share the recipe so I can go finish my dinner :)

Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 4
Lo mein noodles tossed in a sauce made from De Nigris white wine vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
  2. 1 package lo mein noodles
  3. 1/3 cup De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar
  4. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon chili sauce (red pepper flakes in it)
  6. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  7. 2 cloves of garlic; minced
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  9. 1 tablespoon greek olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, add water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large saute pan or wok, add in Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables, ginger, olive oil and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the vegetables become tender. Push to one side of the pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, chili sauce, De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar, and soy sauce. Pour into the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add noodles to the sauce.
  5. Toss noddles, sauce, and vegetables together. Serve in a bowl with chopsticks.
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Bacon Fettuccine with Fried Okra

Today, the other half and I trickled on down to the justice of the peace to get married. We decided it would be fun to have our marriage certificate to have October 31st on it as we plan to do a ceremony for everyone next year on that date. We married on Halloween, YES! For lunch today I decided to make one of his favorite meals I make. It’s a Bacon Fettuccine with a side of southern as I call it; fried okra. 

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After making lunch we decided to watch Halloween H20 for some spooky fun! What do you like to watch on Halloween? I am always watching something. I know next year we won’t be because we will have our ceremony then! Very exciting. Just about as exciting as this Bacon Fettuccine my new Hubby is ecstatic over. We picked a theme now we just have to find a way to execute the idea correctly. I think it is going to be something very different and not a wedding that is over done like say Venetian or now the 1920’s. I am sure I will share the DIY projects we do for it here with you and of course plenty of pictures!

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For dinner I think we might go on the quicker and lighter side with some Panzanella Toscana. I can use the De Nigris seasoned white wine vinegar over the panzanella toscana (bread salad) for tons of flavor. Make Halloween night on the run between Trunk or Treat and off to state it can be a real push to get a healthy dinner in. I will just be glad to be settle for the night watching some Ghost Adventures. What are your holiday plans? I would love to hear about them below. Now for the Hubby’s favorite recipe.

Bacon Fettuccine
Serves 4
Bacon fettuccine made with heavy cream, bacon, garlic, lemon juice and more.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 15 oz heavy whipping cream
  2. 1/2 stick butter
  3. 1 lemon; deseeded and juice squeezed
  4. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 4 strips of bacon; diced
  6. 3 leaves of basil; chopped
  7. 1 package fettuccine
  8. 1 tablespoon salt
  9. 1/2 tablespoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water with salt to a boil.
  2. In a saute pan, add in bacon and garlic. Cook until bacon is done. Add in 1/2 stick of butter and juice from lemon. Add in heavy whipping cream and cook on medium until sauce starts to thicken. Toss in chopped basil. Stirring frequently, cook until mixture is thick.
  3. Add pasta to water and cook as directed on package. Drain.
  4. Add parmesan cheese to sauce, salt and pepper; stir well. Plate pasta and top with sauce and fresh basil. Serve!
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15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup

The fall weather is here! The windows open, watching movies, slow cooker going, and just relaxing while I work. The only other condition I would change is a bit of rain. My son even said to me “I am going for a walk and enjoy this beautiful day.” He went for a walk in the woods. He is my nature child. He is 19 and about as humble as anyone could be. Last night, I finally got him to try my 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup. I told him it’s a must over cornbread. He actually liked my beans! He is not a bean eater.

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About as close to beans as he gets is a bean burrito on very rare occasion. It was an honor to make his mouth tingle with something new. He is just so mellow though. I wish I could have his inner peace. Though, on days like this when it’s pretty outside and you can write by cool air and a good movie like Pompeii on the big screen it gives me a sense of inner peace.

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The aroma of the soup slow cooking only allows me to be more in tune with that foodie side of me. I am planning plenty of meals at the moment. I don’t know which to start with first. I have the mother load of sugar pumpkins. They are decorating my counter tops at the moment. It looks as if fall rained down in my kitchen. It’s plastered with pumpkins, spooky cupcakes, and candy galore.

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This 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup allows me to put this all in the slow cooker extremely fast. Then I get to move on to other goodies without slaving over dinner. That’s the idea behind the slow cooker but flavor is a big detail too. Most slow cooker meals I try don’t have that OMG I want to eat tons of this flavor. I think that is why I want to share a few of my slow cooker recipes with you. Less ingredients and packed with massive flavor. That’s what makes this dish not only delicious but completely budget friendly.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup
Serves 5
Made with onions, 15 beans, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, bacon and spices.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag 15 beans soup (remove seasoning packet)
  2. 4 strips of bacon; sliced into quarters
  3. 1 small white onion; sliced into rounds
  4. 6 cloves of garlic; diced
  5. 1/3 bundle of cilantro
  6. 1 jalapeno; deseeded and chopped
  7. 1/2 tablespoon salt
  8. 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  9. 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  10. 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  11. 1/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  12. Water
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker, add in washed beans and bacon. Top with onions, garlic, and jalapeno. Add cilantro.
  2. Top with water almost to brim of the slow cooker. Add in salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Put on high until it starts to boil. Turn to low and cook overnight for 8 hours. Put to warm until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This soup goes perfect over cornbread.
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Tex Mex Pasta Skillet

Did I ever mention how much I love my Lodge skillet? It’s the easiest way for me to fry up meat or bake cornbread. I just love making quick skillet dinners in it too. The meat cooks evenly and fast. In this Texas humidity recipes can get very unruly fairly fast. The skillet heat equally and allows for a good even cooking even when you are dealing with horrible humidity. This is a simple skillet dinner called Tex Mex Pasta Skillet that I make on weeknight when I just don’t have the time to stand in the kitchen for a long period of time.

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We all have those days. Whether it is running the kids, or in my case teenagers, to school and back. High tailing the other ones to work. Or even the plenty of football games and competitions. In fact, we tend to eat out often during this season and we all have said how much we have missed those home cooked meals. In two nights, we put this little Tex Mex Pasta Skillet and a 15 bean soup that is headed to the blog also.

Tex Mex Pasta Skillet by Mooshu Jenne Savory pasta topped with chili and rotel.

It takes minimal ingredients so it’s easy for your teenager to be able to make on their own. It’s also completely budget friendly. It’s loaded with flavor but doesn’t come from using your entire spice cabinet to get there. You can control the level of heat too by which style of Rotel you buy. I usually get the medium heat and then add some fresh cracked pepper. I like spicy foods though! I also top my with a bunch of yummy cheese. Some times sharp cheddar cheese or sometimes a good colby jack cheese. Below is a quick video showing how I put this together so quick and easy. The skillet cuts my meat cooking time down by at least 10 minutes.

 

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Tex Mex Pasta Skillet
Serves 6
Chili and rotel mixed with ground beef, onions, and garlic topped over garden rotini pasta.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 -10 oz can Rotel
  2. 1 - 15 oz can Wolf Chili
  3. 1/2 pound ground beef
  4. 1 lb bag garden rotini pasta
  5. 1 white onion; diced
  6. 4 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cracker black pepper
  10. cheese for topping; optional
Instructions
  1. Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a cast iron skillet (or skillet), pour one tablespoon olive oil, add onions and garlic. Saute on medium heat. Add in ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Place pasta in water and cook as directed on the package.
  4. Add in one can of Rotel and one can of Wolf Chili No Beans. Cook on low for 5 minutes. Once pasta is done, drain pasta, and add it to the skillet. Mix well.
  5. You can top with cheese, spring onions, or sour cream.
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Sweet and Spicy Ramen

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This is the time of year that my two oldest are working and my daughter seems to spend most of her time at school or in after school activities. I don’t go out to lunch as often as I use to. I’ve been wanting to find ways to have an inexpensive and healthy option for lunch for myself and for them when they do get to eat with me.

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With Fall fast approaching I crave soup! It’s this Oh MY Gosh that is all I want. This Sweet and Spicy Ramen is perfect for rainy days. It doesn’t take long to make with toppings that are customized to your favorite vegetables or meat if you desire. We also sprinkled this over fruit for some delicious healthy snacks. Monk Fruit In The Raw is tasty for being a calorie free sweetener. 

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September is Childhood Obesity Month. In observance of this month, I am incorporating Monk Fruit In The Raw into recipes as a way to reduce sugar without reducing taste. It’s a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener,made with real fruit. It has a simple, sweet taste that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. Perfectly ideal for moms looking to cut added sugars without sacrificing taste for their families.

Monk Fruit has simple, sweet taste that has the closest taste to sugar of any sugar-free, calorie-free sweetener. It’s available in packets and a Bakers Bags. Also, it measures cup for cup, just like sugar and has a simple ingredients list – no table sugar, molasses or sugar alcohols added. Recipes and culinary tips for Monk Fruit In The Raw can be found at www.intheraw.com.

Sweet and Spicy Ramen
Serves 1
Ramen topped with a sweet chili sauce, red onions, and hard boiled egg.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package ramen
  2. 1 egg
  3. 3 slices red onion
  4. 1 tablespoon Monk Fruit In The Raw
  5. 2 tablespoons chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil egg in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove and place in cold bowl of water.
  2. Add ramen to hot water and cook for three minutes. Place ramen into the bowl and top with egg and sliced onion.
  3. In a small ramekin, mix in chili sauce with a tablespoon of Monk Fruit In The Raw. Top over ramen and serve.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

With school back in session I know many of you are looking for easy recipes to make between work and after school activities. I know I am! Pulling out my arsenal of recipes especially those recipes for the slower cooker. With the daughter in color guard and my work load getting heavier slow cooker or crockpot, depending on what you call it, dinners help make for a bit more time in the evenings. This slow cooker chicken noodle soup is quite simple to put together and full of flavor. 

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Infused with white wine and rosemary this soup doesn’t taste like your normal chicken noodle soup. The aroma is perfectly intoxicating. It’s also budget friendly which is great after all that back to school shopping and school supplies. We all know every dime and dollar counts at that time of year. 

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I plop it all into a slow cooker/ crock pot with plenty of garlic and ginger. This slow cooker chicken noodle soup makes the entire house smell amazing! As you can see I just add the carrots in halves and don’t chop them up. The reason is that they don’t get nearly as mushy when you slow cook them whole. All you have to do is scoop them back out and mash them with a fork then drop them back in. I do the same thing with the celery too! Also, the noodles are made on the side. I’m just not a fan of crock pot noodles. They seems to have an odd texture depending on how each slow cooker cooks. 

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I just cook them on the side quickly in a pasta pot. Strain them and add them to each bowl. It’s great because if you have someone eating with you that is gluten free you can leave out the noodles in their bowl. I hope this soup will help you get back into the daily routine. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 6
Slow cooked chicken, carrots, celery, and spices to make a delicious chicken noodle soup.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots; end cut, halved
  2. 3 ribs of celery; ends cut, halved
  3. 8 to 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  4. 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger; peeled and chopped
  5. 3 stocks fresh rosemary
  6. 4 cloves of fresh garlic; minced
  7. 32 oz plus 2 cups all natural free range (gluten free) chicken broth
  8. 2 cups white wine
  9. 1 teaspoon Mediterranean salt
  10. 2 teaspoons salt; to taste
  11. 2 teaspoons peppercorn medley; to taste
  12. 2 cups egg noodles
Instructions
  1. In a large slow cooker, add in carrot halves, celery halves, boneless and skinless chicken thighs. Turn to high heat. Add in minced garlic, rosemary, and chopped ginger. Top with 32 ounces of chicken broth and one cup of white wine. Add Mediterranean salt. Cook for 6 hours on high.
  2. Stir pot well. Remove carrots and celery; careful not to burn yourself. Place on cutting board and smash with fork. Return smashed carrots and celery to the pot. Add in two cups broth and one cup white wine. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 2 hours.
  3. 20 minutes until the soup is ready cook 2 cups of eggs noodles in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Once tender remove and serve in soup.
Notes
  1. For gluten free please leave out the egg noodles or find gluten free noodles.
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Easy Peasy Shepherd’s Pie

Today is my daughter’s first performance. It’s pretty exciting for her and myself. I cannot wait to see her out there on the field. It’s football season here which is the hype of Texas. I don’t buy into it much. I do now because she is a part of it. Do you have a teen in sports or color guard?

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If you do then you know what I mean when I say dinner can be a hassle. Trying to cook in between school, practices, and events is virtually impossible at times. That’s why I love this recipe for Easy Peasy Shepherd’s Pie. It’s not a slower cooker meal which most favor at this time of year but the prep is simple and it can be refrigerated for baking at a later time. However, I like to cook it in one whack.

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Most of the time I will let the other half boil the potatoes while I run to get her from practice. Then I come back and make the meat and toss it all together. This dish comes together super easy! Plus, it will feed a mountain of people. It usually feeds us while leaving me some for lunch the next day. 

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 This is not a traditional recipe just a break off of the real deal. It cuts time down but it is still rich in flavor. Easy to serve up running in the door late night or running out on a early night dinner. I hope you all enjoy this simple dish at the end of the back to school week. At least it’s a three day weekend! Happy Labor Day! Now off I go to see her and leave you with a recipe. 

Easy Peasy Shepherd's Pie
Serves 6
Ground beef mixed with corn and gravy topped with boil potatoes and cheese.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 potatoes; peeled and diced
  2. 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  3. 1 package brown gravy mix
  4. 2 cans of corn
  5. 1 onion; diced
  6. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, add in diced onion, minced garlic and olive oil. Bring to a medium heat and saute for about 1 minute. Add in ground beef and cook until browned.
  2. Meanwhile, place cubed potatoes in a pot of water with one teaspoon salt. Boil for 20 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Once ground beef is browned toss in the two drained cans of corn. Stir in the corn and add the gravy packet to the mixture. Stir well. The gravy will thicken around the beef. Turn off heat.
  4. Layer ground beef into a baking dish. Layer potatoes over the meat. Top with three cups of cheese. Broil on high for 3 to 5 minutes. Pull from oven and serve.
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